'Mommy did it': 5-year-old York City girl stabbed, in critical condition

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
Cierra Moniqy Allen

A York City woman was arrested Wednesday, accused of stabbing her 5-year-old daughter repeatedly in the stomach and back, according to police.

Cierra Moniqy Allen, 30, of the first block of West Maple Street, is charged with attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault with extreme indifference, aggravated assault on a victim younger than 13 and endangering the welfare of a child. All are felonies.

She was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Lindy Lane Sweeney and is in York County Prison without bail. Allen was denied bail because she "has mental issues,” according to court records, "and may be a danger to herself and others, including her children."

The child was airlifted from WellSpan York Hospital to Hershey Penn State Children's Hospital, where she is in critical condition but is expected to live, York City Police spokesperson Lt. Dan Lentz said Thursday morning.

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Police responded about 8:05 a.m. on Wednesday to the hospital, where Allen told officers the stabbing happened at her residence earlier that morning, charging documents say.

Allen's 9-year-old son called his grandmother about 7:30 a.m. "telling her that he was ready to be picked up for school" according to charging documents. Allen calls back about 10 minutes later and said she had stabbed her daughter, the documents say. 

"When (the grandmother) arrived, Allen was standing in the doorway of the residence. Upon walking into the residence, (she) immediately observed the victim sitting on the couch, bleeding from injuries to her stomach," charging documents state.

The girl told her grandmother "mommy did it" before the woman wrapped the child in a blanket and drove everyone to the hospital, according to charging documents.

The 5-year-old suffered multiple puncture wounds to her abdomen and back and told York Hospital staff "her mom tried to kill her," charging documents state.

The grandson later told police he watched his mother stab his sister repeatedly in her back and "guts" while the girl screamed for her mom to stop, but "mommy would not stop," charging documents allege.

"Our Department would like to ask you to join us in prayer as we plead for the strength and recovery of that Beautiful little Girl (as she continues to fight for her life), love and support to the family (as they work through this tragedy), and peace-of-mind to all the Officers, Emergency workers, Medical personnel and School staff who responded to this incident," Police Commissioner Michael Muldrow said in a news release.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled April 26 before District Judge Ronald J. Haskell Jr.

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